The Influence of Assessment of Classroom Writing on Feedback Processes and Product vs. on Product Alone


  • Rachael Ruegg Akita International University



Teacher feedback, Peer feedback, Process-approach, Assessment of Process


Although many second language writing classes use a process approach, anecdotal evidence suggests that assessment of writing in such classes often still focuses on the written product alone. This assessment practice continues despite specialists having recommended that both process and product be assessed. This study compares second-year university students in Japan who were assessed on feedback processes and product with others assessed on product alone in terms of perceptions of the feedback received. Perceptions were determined through a post-treatment questionnaire. Neither the assessment of the use of teacher feedback in revisions nor the assessment of the quality and quantity of peer feedback was found to have a clear benefit in terms of students’ perceptions of the feedback received. This finding suggests the need for further research to confirm whether the assessment of both process and product is worth the considerable time investment required.

Author Biography

Rachael Ruegg, Akita International University

Rachael Ruegg is a lecturer in the English for Academic Purposes department and the coordinator of the Academic Achievement Center at Akita International University. She is also a doctoral candidate at Macquarie University. Her research interests include instruction and assessment of writing, and vocabulary as well as learner autonomy.


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How to Cite

Ruegg, R. (2015). The Influence of Assessment of Classroom Writing on Feedback Processes and Product vs. on Product Alone. Writing & Pedagogy, 7(2-3), 261-277.



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